Tuesday, March 11, 2014

She Was For It Before She Was Against It

It turns out that Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) had her office working on the anti-gay legislation and vetted it before it was introduced.

Capitol Media Services reported Monday on the meetings that Brewer’s advisers, Michael Hunter and Joe Sciarrota, had with the Center for Arizona Policy, which drafted and pushed the bill. They began in January before the legislative session commenced; the bill was introduced Jan. 14.

CAP president Cathi Herrod told the news agency that her organization made every change Brewer’s aides asked for. One of the biggest alterations was a three-pronged test to determine if somebody’s exercise of a religious belief was covered by the proposed law.

“The intent of the meetings… was to thoroughly vet the language, address their concerns, and make changes in the language pursuant to their concerns,” Herrod said.

It was only after it went off in her hand that she decided the bill was “broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences.”

So the choice is that Gov. Brewer was not smart enough to figure all of this out before the bill was passed, or that she did not have the courage of her convictions to stand up for what she believed in the face of the backlash and bear the brunt of her decision if she had signed the bill.

Either way, she comes across as less than honorable.

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